Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a condition of the elbow caused by overuse. It causes inflammation of the tendons that join the forearm muscles on the outside of the elbow when these muscles are used repeatedly.
Contrary to its name, you don’t have to be a tennis player to get tennis elbow. The condition can be caused by any activity that involves repeated twisting of the wrist. Plumbers, chefs, construction workers and even those who frequently use a computer mouse are also prone to the condition.
Symptoms of tennis elbow develop slowly, getting worse over weeks and months. The most common symptoms include:
- Elbow pain that gradually worsens
- Pain radiating from the outside of the elbow to the forearm when doing anything that requires a twisting a motion
- Weak grasp, making it difficult to open a door, shake hands or hold a coffee mug
Let’s face it—tennis elbow is painful and debilitating. Traditional treatment options include:
- Rest. Can take several weeks for arm to heal and recover.
- Activity modification. Changing your form or modifying equipment used in your sport or activity can sometimes help relieve pain.
- Bracing. Wearing a brace on the forearm may help reduce symptoms.
- Injection therapy. Corticosteroid injections to reduce inflammation have been effective in the short term.
- Surgery. When symptoms don’t improve after conservative treatment, surgery may be suggested to repair damaged tissues, in which case extensive rehabilitation and recovery would follow.
Unfortunately, many people continue to suffer from tennis elbow for years despite their best efforts to utilize common treatment methods. The repeated attempts to relieve the pain and regain mobility have ultimately been ineffective.
MLS Laser Therapy in Tampa for Tennis Elbow
Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a manual laborer, you want to return to your active lifestyle quickly and without medication or surgery. New clinical evidence from the BMJ medical journal is saying that’s possible with Low Level Laser Therapy (LLLT).
Low Level Laser Therapy is a safe and non-invasive alternative to tennis elbow treatment. Dr. Kollias, Tampa chiropractor, offers the most powerful form of LLLT, called MLS Laser Therapy. This advanced low level laser works by accelerating the healing process to decrease inflammation and pain without drugs or invasive measures. Unlike other traditional treatments, MLS Laser Therapy has no known negative side effects, and it works quickly with a series of short treatments that last just minutes in duration.